Child Friendly Windows: The Big Advancements over Recent Years

Child Friendly Windows

Ask any new parent what the most crucial element of their nursery is and the window treatment will most probably come at the top of the list. This is something which can buy hours of sleep every week and we don’t need to reiterate that every new parent in the land will snap your hand off for this added shut-eye.

However, child friendly window treatments have certainly come a long way since the early days of curtains. Now, very few parents would consider such an approach, with blinds now at the forefront of most minds due to their exceptional versatility.

Let’s take a look at one of the earliest “advancements”; the blackout blind. Even though it might be one of the early product types in the industry (and subsequently one of the cheapest), this is still something that most parents absolutely swear by and would not consider anything different. The fact that they can shun out all natural light does wonders for sleep schedules – for mom, dad and baby.

While blackout blinds solved a lot of problems, there has been one issue clouding over the blinds industry for years – safety. Due to the way in which blinds are put together, the cords present an obvious safety concern and have unfortunately been at the center of several tragedies. Manufacturers have been forced to take a stand and now, rather than relying on a set of cords, blinds are now arriving in cordless fashion. It means that all of the safety concerns that have blighted the industry have almost been eradicated – although let’s not forget that corded designs are still legal and completely safe if installed and maintained accordingly.

Next on the list is the actual material that nursery blinds are constructed from. Again, this is a terrific advancement for parents, who no longer have to squirm every time their little one wanders near the window with a pot of paint in their hand. Materials such as PVC and vinyl have hit the nursery market with a storm, for the simple reason that they eradicate all of that maintenance that used to be associated with the average child’s nursery.

Another advancement that many would consider ingenious for toddlers are the number of designs that are now available. This should probably be something that’s completely expected, but the days of solid red, blue or pink blinds are long gone. Parents now have access to all of the stereotypical nursery characters, along with cartoon characters and everything else that makes little ones style. Suddenly, nursery blinds are a piece of stimulation.

One might question why the advancements of such a basic product are even newsworthy. Again, we’ll reiterate the importance of blinds to new parents, and just how they contribute to a good night’s sleep. The fact that they also happen to now be completely safe, durable and can prompt stimulation highlights how far they have come, and just how crucial they are in completing your little one’s nursery.

The Definitive List of “Don’ts” For Blinds and Nurseries

Blinds and Nurseries

Blinds and nurseries have grabbed a lot of attention over the last few years and unfortunately it’s been for a lot of the wrong reasons. Safety concerns have blighted the industry although over recent times, manufacturers have improved their act and made their products much safer.

As well as safety, it’s worth mentioning that blinds are responsible for a whole host of other important issues for parents. They directly affect both light and noise, meaning that the right set can provide you with an extra few hours of sleep every week. Bearing this in mind, it would be fair to say that the decision making process when choosing a blind is all-important. We’ll now take a look at some of those decisions that you should definitely sway against in a bid to stop you making any window-related mistakes.

Firstly, let’s get the type of blind down to a tee. While wood Venetian blinds might look the part, to your little one they are an absolute no-go product. They don’t have any blackout capabilities whatsoever and for this reason they should be avoided like the plague. Instead, anything like a roller or roman blind which has a blackout lining will work like a treat and block out that light that will inevitably disrupt your little one’s sleeping pattern.

If you are actually re-furnishing your room for a toddler, the requirements change somewhat. It’s here where blackout blinds aren’t quite as important, but the fabric that’s used to construct your blinds most certainly is. As any parent to a toddler will testify, this is a messy age. All sorts of spills will be occurring and it’s in these instants where you don’t want a roman blind getting in the way of things. Instead, you need something durable, with PVC or vinyl being prime candidates.

Next, we’re onto safety. Cord cleats arrive in packaging for a reason – don’t be one of those people who leaves them in the box to install “another day”. Despite their basic appearance, they are a crucial safety advice and are absolutely necessary in a nursery environment. There are plenty of online guides for help with installing blinds.

We’ll stay on the subject of safety with this next “don’t”. One of the most exciting things for any new parent is to furnish the nursery – buying cots, changing units and all of the other features that go hand-in-hand with a newborn’s room. It’s at this point where a bit of strategic thinking needs to enter the picture though, specifically related around the windows. Making sure that furniture isn’t crowded around these windows is absolutely paramount from a safety perspective, as otherwise you are just creating a climbing frame for your little one to eventually experiment with. Considering all of the dangling cords that will be up there (regardless if they are wrapped around a cleat), this is something you should avoid.

In theory, the list of “don’ts” for blinds and nurseries could go on indefinitely. However, we’ve covered some of the top issues here and if you can stick to this, you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect nursery for your little one.

Family Reunions


Family reunion planning can be incredibly stressful, especially if you have been designated with the task of figuring out the majority of the details by yourself. Some families select one member each year to find the best location and set up all of the arrangements, and others work together to plan out the details and share responsibilities. No matter which category fits your family best, planning your next reunion can be much easier if you create a detailed checklist for yourself. This will ensure you never forget the most important aspects of the trip.

Timing is Important

The first thing you should add to your checklist is timeframes in which you need to complete certain tasks by. For example, booking lodging that is spacious enough to accommodate a large group of people might need to be arranged a year in advance or even longer. If you wait until the last moment to arrange accommodations, you might discover that there are far less options available because vacation lodging tends to book quickly.

Assign Responsibilities to Others

Create a detailed list of responsibilities that each family will be responsible for during the reunion. You can assign which family will be responsible for cooking meals each day of the trip and which family will need to clean the kitchen after dinner is over. You can also let each family plan an activity for the rest of the group each day. This will make your job much easier, and will make others feel like they have an important role to play as well.

Consider Outside Resources

One of the easiest ways to efficiently plan your reunion is to consult with experts who specialize in reunion planning. This will free up your schedule to still be able to focus on your other daily activities while allowing the opportunity to offer your input to someone else about which aspects of the trip are most important to you.

Organization does not come naturally to everyone. Fortunately, as long as you practice good communication with the rest of your family, your family reunion should be a successful event that will create lasting memories for all who attend.

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Telltale AC Breakdown Signals


It seems inevitable that your air conditioner will break down when it’s 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside. However, there might have been specific signals before this hot day telling you the system required service. When you discuss your concerns with AC repair Tampa FL, these professionals can guide you through basic troubleshooting practices to discover those telltale breakdown signals.

Hot Air Exiting Vents

Although it may take a few seconds to cool initially, your air conditioner’s vent air should always be cold to the touch. If you place your hand in front of a vent and only hot air is felt, turn off your system. There could be several issues creating the malfunction. Professionals might find a bad thermostat, low refrigerant or other problem. They must troubleshoot both the indoor and outdoor units to verify one or more problems before repairs begin.

Outdoor Fan Failing to Rotate

The outdoor AC unit has a large fan that rotates to force air out of the system. Exiting air is hot, allowing the indoors to benefit from cool, incoming breezes. When you notice the outdoor fan isn’t activating at all, fan bearings, power input or the motor could be spent. Professionals look at the fan mechanics and electrical aspect to repair this system component. Keep all hands out of the AC unit if the fan is intermittently working, however. It can activate at any time, possibly injuring nearby people.

Leaking Indoor Unit

Your indoor AC unit usually has some condensate dripping from the evaporator, traveling into pipes and into a drain area. However, excessive moisture leaking from this area isn’t normal. You might have a clogged drain or the evaporator is malfunctioning. Experts need to check all system components to find the problem. There should never be any water dripping out of your indoor unit and damaging nearby drywall or wood. Most normal condensation typically drains or evaporates naturally.

Always contact a reputable air conditioner professional for either preventive maintenance or emergency repairs. Experts will handle your system properly and execute repairs under precise specifications. Questionable contractors could make your system worse or fail altogether.

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The Importance of Security Systems in the 21st Century

There used to be a time when owning an alarm system was considered a luxury that not everyone could afford. However, security systems have become more of the norm in the 21st century. The price to have one installed is becoming cheaper, along with the average cost per month. Despite the fact that most people understand that alarm systems are helpful, they don’t fully understand all of the benefits that come with owning such a system.

Protecting Your Family From Intruders

The main reason to buy any security system is for the protection it offers. Ensuring your family’s safety is of the utmost concern, but many people don’t believe that someone will break into their homes until it happens. If you are truly serious about protecting your family, there is no better way to show that than with a security system.

Monitoring Carbon Monoxide Levels

Most security systems today do more than just sound the alarm when an intruder breaks into a home. For example, many of these systems double as carbon monoxide detectors. This is important because many states are requiring homes to install these detectors. With security systems, you can kill two birds with one stone.

Saving Money On Insurance

It stands to reason that the safer you make your home, the more money you can save on your home’s insurance premium. What most homeowners don’t know is that most insurance companies take home security systems into account when determining how safe a home is. In most cases, having a security system will decrease your insurance premium, saving you money to offset the cost of installing the security system.

Video Monitoring

Have you ever left to go on vacation and found yourself wishing that there was a way you could check on your house while you’re gone. Home security systems allow you to do that with video monitoring. Not all security systems come with video monitoring, but the ones that do typically allow you to check your video feed from any computer or smartphone. Now you never have to wonder what’s happening at your home while you’re away. You can even use this system to check on your kids while you’re at work.

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